Today we’re featuring 22-year-old Maeghon Rhoads. Let’s jump on into the interview!
AM: What is your definition of a millennial?
MR: There are a lot of stereotypes about this age group because of the differences between how our parents grew up and how millennials grew up. I'm defying the stereotype that all millennials are entitled by trying my best to work hard and reach my goals while staying humble. I don't always succeed, but that is a part of being human.
AM: Why do you think your stereotype is so rampant?
MR: I think it has to do with how some of us were raised and taught. Some of us were taught by our parents and teachers that we deserve happiness and success, but definitely not all of us. Some of us believe that we deserve to achieve good things without merit. The stereotype that millennials are entitled can also be seen when older generations see the extent at which young people are privileged in first-world countries.
AM: What can other young people do to defy that misnomer?
MR: Other millennials can start to understand that life isn't all made up of daisies and roses. However, most of us do know that… especially those of us in our 20’s. Also, it’s important that we understand that most of us live comfortable, well-off lives compared to other people around the world, and we must be appreciative of it. I think that everyone can learn that lesson. Essentially, it’s important to be content with what you have, but you should always try to better yourself.
AM: What do you want the public to know about millennials?
MR: We can be hard workers. We're not the lazy, entitled people that the media makes us out to be. We're just the same as everyone else, except we are just in our 20’s and late teens, so we are still learning.
I’m Alix Maza, a 24-year-old writer and blogger. I’m also a college student at West Texas A&M University majoring in PR/advertising and possibly minoring in marketing. I’m also an avid reader, coffee addict, and dog lover.